Ever Since Tomorrow is a band for today
Jenna Lynn Colton and her younger brother, Donovan, have a passion for music.
The two Pinebrook siblingss are multi-instrumentalists and head the Park City rock band Ever Since Tomorrow.
They play with bassist Kyle Fish and drummer Tayler Tripp, performing at the Park Silly Sunday Market, the Gallivan Center in Salt Lake City, the Ogden Amphitheater and Make A Wish Foundation’s Urban Challenge.
Last year, Ever Since Tomorrow released a six-song extended-play CD, "The War Inside," that featured the Coltons’ works, and the band is working on a new CD that will be released Sept. 8.
The Park Record met with the Coltons and their mother and manager, Cami, earlier this week to talk about their music and the new CD.
The music bug infested Jenna when she was a child.
"When I was 2 ½, I would watch Disney movies to hear the songs and sing along with them," she said. "If I messed up on a note, it would make me mad and I would have to stop the movie and go back and redo it."
Colton’s grandparents added fuel to the flame when they bought her a toy keyboard.
"I played on it for a year until my dad caved and bought me a real piano," she said with a laugh. "Then I wanted to play guitar."
Colton began playing guitar when she was 10 at the insistence of her mother, and that’s when Donovan, who is four years younger, started playing piano and guitar.
"I was frustrated that I had to wait until I was 10 to start the guitar, but he could start when he was six," Colton said with another laugh.
As their love for music escalated, the Colton parents soon realized their children were gifted.
"Jenna has perfect relative pitch and Donovan has perfect pitch," Cami Colton said.
"Sometimes that’s annoying because when we go to musicals that have orchestra accompanying them, we can tell which string on what instrument is out of tune and we can’t enjoy the show," Jenna said.
Still, music was always something the two have always wanted to do, said Donovan, who is also the band’s producer and engineer.
"It’s the only thing," he said. "Sometimes I’m in the studio in our basement for 10 hours a day. Music is my life and I’m a little obsessive."
In fact, Donovan, who is home-schooled, is the one who buys and cares for all the bands performing and studio equipment. He teaches music piano, guitar and drums in order to buy all the equipment, including amps, soundboards, computers and guitars.
"In the early days, their dad and I said we would pay for half of every instrument or piece of equipment they need, but after awhile, it got too expensive with all the equipment Donovan needed to buy," Cami said. "So, two years ago, we had to back off and he began teaching music to buy the equipment."
When the Colton kids collaborate on songwriting, they tap into a yin-and-yang dynamic.
"Donny is my best friend, so we’ve always gotten along together really well, and it’s always been fun," Jenna said. "He tends to write heavy, dark and emotional stuff, and I never understood why, but my job is to come up with new, different and brighter ideas."
Although Ever Since Tomorrow’s music tends to lean toward heavy rock, the Coltons listen to all styles of music.
"We started off as a cover band playing ’70s music, and we still do a lot of that," said Jenna, whose favorite band is Ludo. "We’re also classically trained."
The two also sing on the worship team at Mountain Life Church.
"We’re definitely working on having some variety in our own songs as well," she said.
The band’s new, yet untitled CD will contain various styles, promised Donovan, who cited Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci as his idol.
"We have a bunch of songs, enough to do two albums," he said. "And we’ve decided the album after the one we release in September will be a concept album."
Making CDs is an enjoyable process for the Coltons, even though it’s hard work.
"The War Inside" was recorded sporadically when Jenna was home on break from her journalism, political science and English classes at Utah State University.
"We did it during Thanksgiving," she said. "I sang for three straight days and my voice was shot by the end of it. There is a part when I hold out a note for 16 seconds on the last song of the CD, and after I finished it, I couldn’t do it again."
All the hard work is helping the Coltons reach their goal of playing music for a living.
"Our dream is to go somewhere with the music," Jenna said. "This summer we had gigs where people we didn’t know would come up and dance, which was a huge thing for us."
"We even had a couple of people singing our lyrics and it was so much fun being up on stage and seeing that," Donovan said.
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